Wills Lake Hunter Walking Trails


A family grouse hunting at Wills Lake.

Wills Lake Hunter Walking Trails were developed for the conservation of ruffed grouse and woodcock and to provide hunting opportunities for these upland birds.  They also provide good habitat for birders to observe these and other species.

The area consists of several miles of interconnected loops through forest and openings.  Bring a map of the area when you visit.

You are allowed to hunt from the trail in this area.  You are also allowed to travel off trail.

There is no ATV or OHV use in the area, these are strictly walking trails.

Downloadable map and information.

As you hike or hunt, remember to Leave No Trace.  It is part of a good hunting ethic.

Leave No Trace

  • Plan ahead and prepare. Remove flagging.        
  • Use trails when possible.
  • Dispose of waste properly.  Pack out shell casings, and remove dog litter when possible.
  • Minimize use and impact of fires.
  • Respect wildlife.  Keep dogs under control, and don't allow them to chase other animals.
  • Leave what you find.  Sight-in rifles away from hunting areas, don’t use  signs, trees etc. as targets
  • Be considerate of other visitors.  Be aware of your field of fire and where other trails are located.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Hunting requires a valid Minnesota Hunting License.  Visit the MN DNR for more details.
Open Season: Trails are always open, see MN DNR for hunting seasons.
Closest Towns: Tofte and Lutsen
Water: None
Restroom: None
Information Center: Tofte Ranger District 218-663-8060

General Information


Wills Lake Hunter Walking Trails are located off the Caribou Trail (Co 4), 11 miles north of Lutsen.

  • From MN 61, turn north on County Road 4 (Caribou Trail) just NE of the town of Lutsen.
  • Follow Cty 4 about 11 miles north.  Wills Lake is on the west side.
  • There are four gated entrances.  There is no motorized traffic within the walking trail area, so do not drive past the gates.



There is limited parking at each of the four entrances.  The southernmost entrance has the largest parking area along with an information kiosk.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Small Game Hunting

Game Bird/Waterfowl

The Wills Lake Hunter Walking Trails were primarily designed for upland bird hunting.  There are no waterfowl opportunities on these trails.

Species Ruffed grouse, woodcock.

Winter Sports

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